Join us Thursday, May 24th, 10 a.m. – noon, for a ramble through Mill Creek Nature Center (MCNC), a wetlands/wildlife preserve in Gwinnett County, owned and managed by the Georgia Wildlife Federation. Project Manager Hank Ohme will discuss the history of the nature center and various projects completed, and volunteer John Deitsch will talk about the varieties of birds in the area, as well as various insects including dragonflies. The Georgia Piedmont Land Trust holds a conservation easement on MCNC. The entrance to MCNC is at the intersection of Mall of Georgia Boulevard and Nature Center Parkway in Buford, Georgia (some maps just say “Nature Parkway”). It is located between Wendy’s and the Bird Watchers Supply Store (1999B Mall of Georgia Blvd). There is limited parking at the site, but parking is available in the shopping area where the Bird Watchers Supply Store is located. The ramble is free, but pre-registration is required.
AUGUST 8 – GUFC’s third quarterly program, held this year at Suwanee City Hall, 330 Town Center Avenue, is our fourth annual “Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure”educational event. David Dechant, LEED AP, SITES AP and Board Certified Master Arborist at Arborguard Tree Specialists and Joe Burgess, Community Forester and Regional Specialist with the Georgia Forestry Commission will lead our continued conversation on the importance of incorporating trees into the growth of our communities, as trees provide vital stormwater management, as well as the host of other benefits for communities. After lunch, a panel discussion will feature representatives from local communities from a variety of professions, including engineering, arboriculture, and city planning. CEUs will be available. Lunch provided. This program is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See agenda here.
At this year’s College Canopy Conference at Clayton State University in Morrow on September 11, we’ll hear talks on the latest research regarding changing urban landscapes and concerns such as the West Nile and Zyka viruses; campus sustainability, best practices for treecare and campus communication; tree risk assessment and keeping people safe; establishing a butterfly garden, pollinator garden, or arboretum; and specific challenges for treecare on college campuses. We’ll enjoy an interesting trail walk and talk through this lovely campus, including their QR-coded tree plantings,Spivey Hall, the Butterfly Garden,the Pollinator Garden, and Lakeview Discovery and Science Center, which is Georgia Peach Belt Green Building Certfied. Lunch included. CEUs available. For those of you who registered for the 2017 College Canopy Conference that was cancelled due to weather and did not request a refund, you are automatically registered for this conference. See agenda here.
Building Resilient Community Forests
Georgia Urban Forest Council’s
28th Annual Conference & Awards Program
Jekyll Island Club Resort
Jekyll Island, Georgia
November 14-15, 2018
In this historic setting on Georgia’s enchanting coast, we’ll hear outstanding talks from noted speakers on the coming hurricanes, sea level rise, and the effects on trees; healthy root systems; tree species selection and pruning for resilient trees; combatting invasive species; the ecology of live oaks; and more. Speakers include Dr. Kim Coder, Professor at Warnell School of Forest and Natural Resources at University of Georgia and other noted experts. Included in the conference experience will be a tour of Jekyll’s forest of pines and live oak killed by wave action, Jekyll’s live oaks affected by salt spray, and a viewing of the “Captain Wylie Scenic Corridor” tree plantings funded in part by Georgia ReLeaf. We’ll enjoy our annual Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon in the elegant Grand Dining Room and our evening reception in the Crane Cottage Courtyard. http://www.jekyllclub.com/ Don’t miss this educational and enjoyable event! See agenda here. CEUs will be available.
Please remember that sleeping room reservations are a separate fee. Click here for lodging information for conference attendees.
On February 15,Statewide Arbor Day celebrations were held in three cities: Atlanta, Athens, and Woodbine. These programs were presented with support from the Georgia Power Company – thanks, Georgia Power, for your partnership on these events, as we recognized Tree City USA communities, Tree Campus USA colleges and universities, and Tree Line USA utility companies around the state.